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Athens-Clarke County 10-Year Comprehensive Plan Update

May 31, 2017
ACC Government

The Athens-Clarke County government is beginning the process of updating the community-wide Comprehensive Plan.
The plan is a main source for identifying the vision, goals, policies, needs, opportunities, and work program over the next ten years. County Manager Blaine Williams says, though it's a separate effort, the plan will work with the Envision Athens study currently underway.

Early Voting Starts in Ossoff, Handel Special Election

May 31, 2017
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Early voting has begun in a nationally watched special congressional race in Georgia.
Democrat Jon Ossoff is trying for an upset over Republican Karen Handel in the GOP-leaning 6th Congressional District that stretches across greater Atlanta's northern suburbs.

GBI Issues Public Safety Alert

May 30, 2017
DEA

The GBI is issuing a Public Safety Alert regarding transdermal drugs being found in counterfeit pills.
A meeting was held Tuesday with the metro Atlanta Drug Enforcement Commanders to discuss officer safety and handling of extremely dangerous drugs being encountered at the GBI Crime Laboratory, including synthetic opioids found in counterfeit pills.   “Graveyard dead,” was the warning GBI Director Vernon Keenan gave during Tuesday's public safety meeting on the dangers of the use and abuse of synthetic opioids, with a heavy emphasis on fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives. 

NPR.org

While gas prices are slightly higher this week, Georgia was among a dozen other states seeing the lowest Memorial Day prices at the pump since 2005.

That's according to GasBuddy.com. Analysts say this may be a great summer to hit the road since summer gas prices are shaping to be quite a bit lower than expected. Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.20  yesterday. Prices in the state are more than six cents lower than last year. GasBuddy provides real-time prices and reviews of gas station amenities and services.

You Caring

A survivor of the crash that killed four University of Georgia students last year is making significant progress in her recovery. WSB-TV reports that Agnes Kim has been dealing with devastating injuries since the April 2016 crash.

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